2012 ford focus reviews consumer reports

Covered under warranty. to get the information you were looking for! Would jerk , slip and not move. I will not buy another Ford product", "Transmission would "shudder", be slow to shift or slip and then re-engage", "It is common for a grinding noise and shaking to occur when the car shifts from first to second gear and second to first gear", "This is the fourth time since purchased new that I've had this issue. Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces. Dealer could not solve the problem. Dealer said transmission clutches need to be replaced before the controller could be upgraded. Only after driving performance (i.e. Consumer Reviews. Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure. ... so i went a dealership and was able to get financed for the ford focus, with payments i could afford. ", "Issue began with shuddering upon acceleration. I'll check my own tire pressure. Still, it's annoying", "After two months of owning the car Ford had to replace seals in the transmission. Original equipment clutches were cleaned once to resolve slipping due to an internal leak. Sometimes it makes a grinding noise before it shifts", "The transmission would jerk upon accelleration", "I think Ford knows that this has been an issue. Waiting for new clutch, 12 week back order. But there are problems, too. Ended up being a bolt on one of the camshafts came loose causing the timing chain to stop working. Electronic shift forks and throw-out bearing failed which cause the clutch to fail. Currently in the shop at dealer", "These cars are known to have bad water pumps, 2012-2016. Repairman said it was likely a factory defect in the assembly process". I was told they replace one part (sorry I do not remember if it was the clutch or something else and I don't have the service records with me) under warranty but now at 100,000km it doing the same jerking effect which seems to be occurring more at low speed in the city", "Timing of shifting. ", "Ford has had problems with oil seal leakage on these clutches, we had the clutch replaced under their extended warranty in 2017 at about 57000 miles. Feels better that returns to same", "Not sure if this is the correct category. Different gasolines may also have an effect", "Under higher temperature conditions the transmission would slip as speed increase, increasing the amount of time to shift to next higher gear", "same as previous comment..I'm not sure if trans slips but it is jerky, RPm's rev, and in the past feels like vehicle will stall at times", "Year ago had transmission rebuilt at dealer after constant slipping. They said I would have to get a new system for $750 and I declined. The side ratings also apply to the 4-door hatchback version of the Focus, also redesigned for the 2012 model year. Took it to dealer and under warranty it was repaired. The worst complaints are transmission, steering, and accessories - interior problems. Restarting usually fixes it. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked. Get 2012 Ford Focus values, consumer reviews, safety ratings, and find cars for sale near you. ", "Horn died due to corrosion of the electrical contacts. The 2012 Ford Focus is ranked #16 in 2012 Compact Cars by U.S. News & World Report. Ford cover the replacement cost of the clutch, but not the transmission", "car disengaged while driving and I had to coast took 6 weeks to get the car back", "Dual clutch transmission would hunt and crunch through gears. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Shuddering and hesitation", "Transmission makes a rattling/clattering noise when shifting from 1st to 2nd gear. It was the dealership, that finally came to our aid, with a "good will" gesture to replace the clutch. Caveat: we bought an after market warranty when we bought the car (used), but it didn't cover the particular double-clutch since they said it was a dry clutch, so be sure that your warranty actually covers it if you buy one of these. A recall seemed to fix the issue", "felt transmission slipping while driving at any speed. Took the car in multiple times - at first they didn't do anything. Learn what owners have to say and get authentic consumer feedback before buying your next car. we'll see. ", "Has been replaced twice transmission continues to shake and slip", "I don't know whether this falls under Transmission computer or Transmission replacement, but my battery kept dying on the car. Covered under extended warranty by Ford, but a hassle to do once a year. There was nothing that came in contact with the sunroof and there was no blaring music or excessive heat in the vehicle. After transmission replacement, drive train shudder issue resolved", "Two recalls for the transmission and it is still not fixed", "I had to stop in las vegas on way home on trip to have repaired. Ford replaced or repaired it", "transmission was replaced and now having same transmission problems with replacement", "6 months into ownership and the transmission needed to be replaced. The engine will also sometimes 'rev' when I am trying to slow down", "Car hesitates and or jumps as starting out in 3rd gear. This car has been a lemon from the beginning". ", "I suppose after 55000 on a former rental car, I shouldn't be too surprised", "parking brake was stuck in the up position and could not click the button to put it in the down position to drive the car. The water enters by the driver's right foot, gets under the carpet of the car, and pools in the left rear footwell. Overall it was not a terrible experience", "recalled by Ford. Clicks after engine is on for 30 minutes-even when radio is turned off", "Loud "booms" coming from speakers off and on for a couple of weeks before the entire radio system stopped working. Since admission of clutch shifting problems on this auto transmission Focus the clutch has been replace 3 times", "Whoever designed the whole transmission system should be fired from Ford. Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising. Once jumped the problem disappeared", "The radio changes the volume and the channels on its own. The recall was a pain. The 2012 Ford Escape is ranked #11 in 2012 Affordable Compact SUVs by U.S. News & World Report. "The evap canister control valve was malfunctioning and caused my car to die and was difficult to restart after refueling. Of those, 78 percent support NASCAR. Although apparently not dangerous(?) SMITHY SAYS. ", "The screen stopped working and because of that, I am unable to use any Infotainment features along with phone pairing. 3.7 out of 5 stars. Ford extended the warranty to 75,000, but the dealer recently stonewalled our complaint, telling us that the transmission is supposed to behave more like a manual transmission. However the stutter has returned and will need to take it back to the dealer under warranty. The best you can say is cost of repair was covered by the warranty. Ford covered everything for free and extended the warranty on the PCM for 175,000 miles, which is nice", "Jerky shifting from 0 to ~20 mph. Ford service was in denial about transmission problems, saying that is normal and this is a new & different type of automatic transmission. $5,956 - $10,612 MSRP Range. Neither due to accident or other damage", "Driver and passenger door seals became worn and cracked. When we bought the car used from a used car place (not a Ford dealer), we also bought an after-market warranty that listed clutches as being covered, but the warranty company refused to cover the double-clutch since it was a dry clutch, so watch out. A recall maintenance was done & new seals installed. The car still hesitates before starting and needed a jump start once (since replacing the battery). Currently involved in Class Action Lawsuite against Ford. I was told that the pads on one brake had worn away totally, and the other had about 25% left. Luckily I was within a mile of the dealer Service station. I had to have transmission rebuilt after exceeding the warranty mileage by 1,000 for same problem", "Car broke down at highway speeds. The whole system had to be replaced", "Warm air from the left side vent system with outside air on. we have been waiting for more than 5 months for the back ordered parts to arrive at the dealership", "as I said before, occasional jerking in reverse", "Trans (at times) will be jerky or shudders at lower speeds and when in stop and go traffic or pulling away from a stop", "Ford has service bulletin on leaking transmission seals causing fluid to get on clutch plates and cause skipping slip and poor shifting. it is an electronic manual transmission. Dealer adjusted it. Replaced with used system and problem went away", "Vibration in driver's door when turning volume up on radio, replaced speaker", "It had an intermittent cruise control problem from when it was new. $3,224 - $9,800 MSRP Range. Prior to transmission replacement drive train would shudder under acceleration. Then they had to order the parts so I had to take it in again and take up more of my time. Ford notified me that the clutch and transmission warrenty has been extended", "Hesitation when shifting from stop to start. Will never buy a Ford again", "Started in first year was repaired under warranty", "Rough shifting. "good news" warranty extended. The contact points were not sealed properly. I did not noticed anything wrong with it", "There was an occasional spinning of the front tires from a complete stop. Car disabled. Dealer says it is "normal" although there is a recall for this issue", "The transmission felt like it was slipping during certain turns. I had to remove the bulbs until I can have it looked at", "In the past before the computer was changed, the keyless would not let me in unless I used the key", "Tire pressure monitor batteries run out. I have to keep adjusting the temperature of the heat or air, but I'd really rather get some outside air in. ", "Ford has been having a slipping problem with the Dual Clutch on the 2012 Focus and has not yet found a fix to my knowledge. Had caused rough shifting and idling. I reported to dealer that my car experienced excessive shudder during light acceleration in early 2014. Under Ford warranty", "focus doesn't want to drive up our (fairly steep) driveway, even in great weather (live in ATL). I t has now been corrected and shifts correctly", "still occurring extreme periodic shudder still waiting for months on parts dealerships are telling me not receiving to fix the warranty repair", "Serious problems with rough shifting, and slipping. None of the selections worked, Reverse, Sport mode, or drive", "Occasionally some slippage. Review Score. It now shifts smooth", "Rough shifting...poor design....new clutch and software helped", "Transmission stutters sometimes in low gear", "Between 15 and 20 miles an hour the car jerks as I accelerate", "This is a sporadic occurrence, usually on acceleration", "Ford fixed it for free but it was not a recall just a customer service issue. I have had to replace the brake pads twice and have had to replace the brake drums. Entire hood needs to be replaced. it requires too many steps to get to a solution or answer", "Transmission made a noise, and then a notification came up saying there was an issue with the transmission. However, no resolution has been found though the dealer admits they hear the noises", "Rattle in headliner. This is especially pronounced when accelerating rapidly or if the front wheels are turned", "Upon start to drive the trans will occasionally slip", "You step on the gas and sometimes it doesn't accelerate", "Multiple Ford repairs for numerous slipping failures", "has been to dealer for recall service at least twice, but it still is rough shifting when pulling away from stop", "The automatic transmission in this car is a dual-clutch transmission, so it behaves like a manual. Introduction. I've had the clutch replaced at least 2 times. would have the battery tested it was fine. The transmission is a mess", "Ford dealer determined that there was a problem with the clutch and replaced it under warranty. The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey Not a good situation. Even my rental I had was leaking when I was having my replaced", "The pump was leaking and it was replaced under warranty", Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system, "There's a major electrical problem in the car that is still not fixed. Initial fix failed, dealer elected to replace clutch under Ford tech service bulletin. Problem has not been resolved", "passenger seat rattles constantly, sound comes from under the seat", "Noise from headliner which was never properly secured.Rattles in driver side door. Get reliability information for the 2012 Ford Focus from Consumer Reports, which combines extensive survey data and expert technical knowledge. "The camber changed on the rear wheels due to the rear linkage or springs wearing out", "My warranty was off 1 month and I had to pay for the repair. Normal outside temp on right side. Ford's Focus is all-new for 2012. Ford's Fiesta, Focus transmission troubles attract NHTSA's attention, report says. Started with intermittent popping and crackling and cut outs. It used to get around 36 mpg now it gets around 35. returned to the dealership 3 times", "The DCT transmission in the 2012 Ford Focus is programmed to shift like an automatic transmission and does a poor job of controlling the clutch causing the transmission to shift rough or at the wrong time", "the transmission rattles and jerks sometimes almost stalls. CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. 2012 Ford Focus Electric, New York City, April 2012 According to its own in-house research, Ford says that 35 percent of new car buyers are motorsports fans. They have calibrated it several times, and tells us that this is the way that this transmission performs", "Transmission design problem was recognized as such by Ford and was put on a list of recall and replacement at no-cost for the owner", "Made a terrible noise every time it shifted", "This is apparently a known problem for this car and Ford has twice "updated" the electronics for the transmission. I eventually purchased an after market unit with Apple CarPlay. I assumed they would fix it during that visit, but no, they had to check it out first. was told by dealer this was related to a "compression" problem from the transmission. Told this is about a $2,000 job but was covered under the extended warranty. Get 2012 Ford Focus values, consumer reviews, safety ratings, and find cars for sale near you. I took it in and was given an unsatisfactory reason and that it was taken care of. Ford EcoBlue to gama silników wysokoprężnych zapewniających doskonałe osiągi oraz spełniających rygorystyczne normy emisji spalin. 27 January 2012 Ford Focus 2012 car review Dynamically, the Focus continues to get better with each new model and the 2012 Ford Focus offers sharp handling, brisk performance and a level of comfort beyond that which a compact hatch is entitled to provide. Ford resolved it by putting in a new torque converter", "Vehicle could not engage gears. The transmission sensor light came on and the car wouldn't move. The car would not start. ", "At times the transmission shifted hard. The 2012 Ford Focus Electric is the company's first-ever production battery-electric vehicle, and that alone makes it noteworthy. Sometimes a brand new clutch is installed and exhibits same problems as the just-removed clutch", "Ford acknowledges faulty clutch design which has required clutch replacement every year since we bought the car. There is a well known problem with this vehicle's transmission and ford has extended the warranty period for certain transmission problems. ", "Clutch had to be replaced after shift forks and throw out bearing failed. Was replaced under warranty and works well now", "CD just quit working, could not retrieve disc. Had a couple visits to service centre (ultimately a recall was issued). In my opinion, ford has really stepped up against competition from the other truck makers. ", "Sometimes it slips but then will run fine for a while", "Even with the computer software upgrade, the car slips in and out of gear frequently, whether going slow or highway speeds. All this was performed as a recall", "Known problem with this transmission. Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission. Bigger problem than Ford has admitted to. More vigorous driving style seems to help. Unsafe to drive", "Vibration due to control arm bushing wear. Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit. ", "Had to have the TCM module replaced. Computer had to be reset several times. Two months ago driver side seat belt panel came apart. Set 1 were factory installed, set 2 bought and installed by Ford dealer. $5,492 ... texting and we could get a vehicle history report, but we cannot get it to work with our phones to do directions. The dealership Dealer rebuilt it and it no longer has this problem", "When starting from a stop, auto trans wouldn't move the car dependably. I have had the transmission serviced, both as part of a recall and at my own expense but the issue continued. Repeat trips to dealer for adjustment and control module replacement and clutch adjustment", "Ford has acknowledged a problem with this transmission & has extended my factory warranty on it", "The transmission shifts very roughly. 2016 Ford Focus Titanium The ford focus is a great car. Never will I buy another Ford product. I'll just have to do without radio, CD player, etc. 6 months later it was again in the shop for the transmission control module", "In slow , stop-and-go traffic auto-trans Clutch would slip and then grab leading to unexpected acceleration", "Third time it's been replaced. Ford has since extended the warranty on this part to 150,000 miles", "Ford has acknowledged a problem with this and has extended my factory warranty", "since the clutch replacement I have had to take the car in for the same shuddering problem but it is usually fixed with a computer adjustment for a short time", "The transmission module stop overheated and blew out computer and car would not start. Ford says it is within spec. Also the main engine seal was replaced twice. dealer is going to replace with a good used one. Having difficulty getting problem fixed. It used to come back but now it is completely dead. Researching online I found other people are having the same issue. I replaced the vapor control valve myself for $50 and I am just hoping that the fuel tank is not structurally compromised. Though not blazingly fast, the Focus does get good fuel economy. Ford tried to replace Transmission Control Module twice, and it did not fix the issue either time. it was OK for about 3 days then went back to fluttering and now getting less gas MPG", "Vehicle hesitates at times due to the electric clutch", "so called computer assisted manual transmission, effectively automatic from the driver's perspective. Highly unsatisfactory", "Transmission computer failure. An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship. 3.7. 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